Best Buy decides against midnight Black Friday openings in Massachusetts

Latest retailer to make change to comply with state’s blue laws

Best Buy is the latest national retailer to change its mind about 12 a.m. openings in Massachusetts onthe day after Thanksgiving because of the state’s blue laws.

The electronics chain today confirmed plans to move its Black Friday sales start to 1 a.m. “to accommodate the state’s blue laws, which prohibit employees from working before midnight on Thanksgiving Day,” the company said in a statement. In recent days, Macy’s, Target, and Walmart have all backed off from previously announced midnight promotions at their locations here. Macy’s now has scheduled a 12:30 a.m. opening on Black Friday, Target is planning a 1 a.m. start, and Walmart will keeps its doors shut until 4 a.m.

The merchants are changing their early bird hours to comply with 17th century Massachusetts laws that have the effect of prohibiting retail employees from working until 12 a.m. after Thanksgiving – leaving no time for staff to prepare for the midnight openings. Other chains that have unveiled midnight promotions—including Kohl’s, Disney Stores, and Toys “R’’ Us—have not confirmed whether those plans remain in effect.

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